It is important for every country to consider whether it should initiate an effort to develop, review, and/or improve their chemical accidents programme. UNEP created this Guidance to support such efforts.
Although disasters wreak havoc, the rebuilding efforts that follow represent a significant and important opportunity to restore communities in a more environmentally and socially sustainable way. Humanitarians, conservation practitioners, government officials, local communities, and donor organizations can take steps to ensure reconstructed communities are built back safer through actively addressing environmental sustainability, reducing risk and vulnerability to future disasters, and adapting to the realities of our changing climate.
This on-line newsletter gathers information about about the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat (UNISDR) and its partners' activities in Africa.
IN THIS ISSUE November-December 2010 | vol 05
03 | October & November at a Glance
04 | A world in silence
07 | Local entrepeneur invests in water
08 | Getting ready for the big decision
10 | Residents of Kalma decide to pick up where they left off
12 | The ecological footprint of a plastic bags
13 | Women working for women
14 | Committed to achieving peace in Darfur
UNEP’s Disasters and Conflicts sub-programme is comprised of four operational pillars: post-crisis environmental assessment, post-crisis environmental recovery, disaster risk reduction and environmental cooperation for peacebuilding.
Why do disaster risk reduction and climate change adaption matter from a migration perspective?
People have always moved because of their environment: they run to survive in the wake of natural disasters or they decide to migrate away from a harsh environment to seek better opportunities somewhere else. Climate change accelerates environmental degradation and can lead to increased intensity and frequency of hydro-meteorological disasters. For this reason, it is already influencing environmental migration around the world.
This report by the India Meteorological Department deals with the changes in extreme rainfall events and flood risks in India during the last century.
The occurrences of some exceptionally heavy rainfall during the recent years causing flash floods in many areas necessitated the study of long term changes in extreme rainfall over India.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) made important strides in 2010 with the convening of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) and the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting Plus Eight (ADMM Plus Eight). The establishment of these institutions reflects ASEAN's focus on the development of responsive regional mechanisms.
This paper presents IOM's efforts to support vulnerable and mobile communities affected by environmental hazards through disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) activities conducive to sustainable development.
IOM's programmes around the world have demonstrated the effectiveness of DRR and CCA for reducing risk exposure and vulnerability and for improved management of migration, particularly in times of crisis.2 This paper advocates for further strengthening DRR and CCA mechanisms at the global, regional, national and local levels through an integrated …
The Climate Vulnerability Monitor takes a new approach to assessing the climate vulnerability of the world and its regions, countries and communities. The Monitor looks at pre-existing characteristics of society that are knowingly affected by climate change and maps the level of vulnerability and expected impacts as implied by the effect that real or projected changes in the climate will have on these. The Monitor uses globally comparable information in order to establish reference points across countries.
As the global population grows and incomes in poor countries rise, so too, will the demand for food, placing additional pressure on sustainable food production. Climate change adds a further challenge, as changes in temperature and precipitation threaten agricultural productivity and the capacity to feed the world's population. This study assesses how serious the danger to food security might be and suggests some steps policymakers can take to remedy the situation.
Using various modeling techniques, the authors project 15 different future scenarios for food security through 2050.
The real wild card for political and social
unrest in the Middle East over the next 20 years is not war, terrorism,
or revolution-it is water. Conventional security threats dominate public
debate and government thinking, but water is the true game-changer in Middle
by Melissa L. Finucane, John Marra, and James C. Weyman
East-West Center Working Papers, Environmental Change, Vulnerability, and Governance Series, No. 67
31e séance -matin
LA DEUXIÈME COMMISSION ADOPTE SEPT PROJETS DE RÉSOLUTION, DONT TROIS LIÉS À L'ENVIRONNEMENT ET À LA PRÉVENTION DES CATASTROPHES NATURELLES
Elle recommande par ailleurs à l'Assemblée générale de proroger
le mandat du Forum sur la gouvernance d'Internet pour une nouvelle période de cinq ans
La Commission économique et financière (Deuxième Commission) a adopté ce matin par consensus sept projets de résolution, dont un par lequel elle recommande à l'Assemblée générale de proroger le mandat du Forum sur la gouvernance …
Globalization has improved the living standards of hundreds of millions of people - but growing resource scarcity means it risks becoming a victim of its own success.
La migración es un fenómeno constante y dinámico que exige una diversificación cada vez mayor de la intervención normativa con el fin de aprovechar al máximo sus posibles beneficios y reducir al mínimo los costos conexos para los países de origen y de destino, y para los propios migrantes.
La migration est un phénomène constant et dynamique qui, de plus en plus, appelle des mesures politiques variées afin de maximiser ses avantages potentiels et de réduire au minimum les coûts qu'il entraîne, non seulement pour les pays d'origine et de destination, mais aussi pour les migrants.
Migration is a constant and dynamic phenomenon increasingly requiring diversified policy intervention in order to maximize its potential benefits and minimize related costs for both countries of origin and destination as well as migrants themselves. Better knowledge and enhanced capacities in different policy areas are essential to ensure the protection of migrants, the facilitation of legal migration, the integration of migrants into the country of destination, the support for sustainable voluntary return and the greater interlinking between migration and development.